Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Wedding Checklist

Your Wedding Checklist: 10 to 12 months before your wedding

____Tell your parents, important family members, and close friends the good news!

____You might also want to announce your engagement in the newspaper, on a wedding website with an email sent out to all your friends, or in the most traditional way, with mailed engagement announcements.

____Have an engagement party, if you'd like.

____Envision the tone of your wedding: Formal or casual? Day or evening? Religious or secular?

____Consider having a wedding theme, which will help pull together the style, look, and feel of your wedding.

____Choose your wedding colors, which will add visual unity.

____Set your budget.

____Decide who will pay for the wedding. Will your parents cover it all? Can you contribute? How will expenses be split?

____Start your guest list.

____Select date and time. Have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable.

____Select and reserve your ceremony and reception sites.

____Hire a wedding consultant, if you're using one.

____Choose and book your wedding officiant.

____Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.

____Meet with florists, caterers, and musicians.

____Arrange for a tasting with your caterer.

Your Wedding Checklist: 8 to 10 months before your wedding

____Shop for and order your wedding dress and accessories, including veil, gloves and shoes.

____Sign a contract with your wedding caterer.

____Book wedding florist and choose arrangements.

____Book your musicians and/or DJ for both ceremony and reception.

____Select and confirm your wedding photographer (and your videographer, if you're using one.)

____Look into wedding insurance and decide if it's a good option for you.

____Plan your honeymoon.

____Shop for and order your bridesmaid dresses.

____If you're making your own wedding favors, start doing so now.

____Meet with wedding cake designers or bakers and arrange for a tasting (Yum!)

Your Wedding Checklist: Four to six months before your wedding

____Send save-the-date announcements or call out of town guests to let them know the final date, time, and location of the wedding.

____If you're purchasing wedding favors, do so now.

____Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Give the host(s) your guest list.

____Examine your beauty regimen. Read Five months to perfect wedding day beauty.

____If your caterer isn't doing it for you, reserve any rental equipment you'll need, including dishes, tables, chairs, linens, tents.

____Register for gifts.

____Select your wedding cake designer, and order your wedding cake.

____Arrange wedding transportation.

____Order stationery.

____Select a calligrapher, if you're using one.

____Select the groom's tuxedo or other attire, what the groomsmen will wear, and arrange to purchase or rent.

____Purchase your wedding rings.

____Book wedding night accommodations and accommodations for out-of-town guests.

____Buy gifts for your wedding party, parents, and each other.

____If you're changing into "going away outfits" before you leave the reception, purchase those now.

Your Wedding Checklist: 2 to 3 months before your wedding

____Give a list of "Must Take" photographs to your wedding photographer.

____Discuss your wedding menu with your caterer.

____Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony.

____Write your wedding vows.

____Attend any bridal showers.

____Mail your wedding invitations.

____Think about your wedding hair and makeup - If you're doing your own, try out hairstyles, purchase any extra makeup, think about having a "makeover party" with your girlfriends.

____Book your hairstylist and/or makeup artist, if you're using them. Meet with each of them to experiment with styles and colors.

____Schedule your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

____If your state requires it for a marriage license, make blood test appointments.

____If you're going to change your name, complete those documents.

____Send wedding announcements to local newspapers.

Your Wedding Checklist: The month of your wedding

It's finally here! There's just a few more things to do to make sure everything's perfect.

____Apply for your marriage license.

____Have your final gown fitting. It's helpful to have a bridesmaid with you to learn how to bustle your train and fasten any tricky buttons (and help you go to the bathroom, if you've got a big wedding dress!)

____Check with your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure they've gotten their attire, confirm arrival times, and answer any last minute questions.

____Contact your vendors (caterer, officiant, cake baker, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, transportation, hotels) to confirm arrival and delivery times.

____Write and print your wedding program.

____Create welcome baskets or bags for out-of-town guests.

____Send change-of-address information to post office.

____Write thank you cards as you receive wedding gifts

____Ask your mother or maid of honor to contact any guests who have not RSVP'd.

Your Wedding Checklist: One to Two Weeks Ahead

____Arrange seating plan, and write place cards.

____Give your final head count to your caterer, and confirm any last minute details.

____Write toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception.

____Try on your wedding shoes, and wear them on carpeted surfaces around the house.

____Arrange for a plant waterer/pet sitter/babysitter while you are on your honeymoon.

____Pick up your wedding dress.

____Attend your bachelor party or bachelorette party, if you're having them.

____Send your travel plans and contact information to a family member and your house sitter (in case of emergency).

____Finalize seating chart.

Your Wedding Checklist: The Day Before Your Wedding

____Do something to relax and enjoy the company of your out-of-town friends.

____Assign responsibilities to your wedding party (handing out corsages and boutonnieres, greeting and seating guests, checking on vendors).

____Confirm wedding day transportation.

____Have a manicure and pedicure or other pre-wedding spa pampering.

____Give your wedding party gifts.

____Rehearse ceremony.

____Hold the rehearsal dinner .

Your Wedding Checklist: Day of the Wedding

____Give thank you gifts to your parents.

____Enjoy your wedding!

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